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Bulova 1949 Her Excellency

Submitted by Kathy L. on October 25, 2018 - 3:53pm
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49 (A9)
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So I picked this up because I believe it is probably an Academy Award watch.  It is the same case as the "F" variant but with a dial like the "J" and "H".  The "A" has the curtain dial with a "J" having this dial.  The "B" has a curtain dial and the matching "H" with this dial.  So my thought is that the "F" has a sister watch with this dial.  But it is just a guess until an ad might show up for it.  Until then I will keep it just in case.  It is 10K gold filled, has a 21 jewel 6BA working movement.  What are your thoughts?  Should it be a "F" or Unknown or a generic Academy Award?

Update:  Found an ad for Her Excellency "MM" that matches this watch.  Replacing ad.

1949 Bulova Academy Award watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
1949 Bulova watch
Bulova Watch advert
Posted October 26, 2018 - 9:39pm

Is this the same watch?

1950 Bulova Academy Award "N" 

1950 Bulova Academy Award "N" ladies watch

Kathy L.
Posted October 26, 2018 - 9:46pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

I don't think so.  It is exactly the same case as the "F".  I was thinking maybe the "FF" was close.  Honestly I don't think there is an ad for it that I can find.

Reverend Rob
Posted October 26, 2018 - 11:43pm

The case does look like the 'F' to me. 

Geoff Baker
Posted October 27, 2018 - 9:43am

I'm kind of on the fence. I agree that the case is the F but the dial is stopping me, It's either a heretofore unidentified model or a dial movement swap. I'm going with a tentative F

1949 Bulova Academy Award F (tentative)

Kathy L.
Posted October 27, 2018 - 11:21am

In reply to by Geoff Baker

I think F would work until an ad would show differently because of the case match.  I am thinking it is the original dial and a different variant but it is just speculation on my part.  

Posted October 27, 2018 - 7:08pm

Nice watch! I'm on the fence with Geoff. It could be a dial/movement swap or a currently unidentified AA Model. Based on the date code on movement matching case - I'm inclined to go

1949 AA - no variant

for the time being, as opposed to labeling it an "F" with a different face. My gut feeling is that it's a currently undocumented variant.

Posted October 27, 2018 - 8:08pm

I'm more inclined to go either unknown or Her Excellency. It might be part of the AA series, but could also be from a number of others. $62.50 woud put the case as solid gold.

1950 Bulova Her Excellency watch


Kathy L.
Posted October 27, 2018 - 11:28pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

moving my comment to the end of the thread.  

Posted October 27, 2018 - 9:04pm

In reply to by mybulova_admin

Sure looks that way, but Miss E "RR" is solid gold...... subject watch is plated .

You have raised a valid point though. Case appears to be the same design  for the AA, Her E and Miss E. Is it possible this is one of those confusing ones where the date, band (cord or metal) and gold or plated could be the determining factor in name? The AA "F" as an example is plated and more expensive than the plated Her Excellency you reference. The Miss Excellency "RR" is listed as solid gold and cheaper.....I'm confused. Is the AA more expensive because of the name?